Michael Bennett Explains Bucs' Struggles

Former Bucs DE Michael Bennett explains why the Bucs have struggled so much in recent years.

One of the worst moves the Buccaneers have made as an organization was when they allowed former DE Michael Bennett to leave in free agency and sign with the Seattle Seahawks. Bennett was coming off a 9 sack season with the Bucs in 2012 before joining the Seahawks and becoming a key force on their defensive line.

Since Bennett's departure, the Bucs have been on the search for defensive ends who can rush the passer. Adrian Clayborn and DaQuan Bowers were both failures for the Bucs, so now the attention turns to Jacquies Smith, George Johnson, Larry English, and others to provide some sort of pass rush.

Appearing on 750-AM in Portland, Bennett was asked to describe the differences between playing for the Bucs in Tampa and the Seahawks in Seattle.

"There was a difference with the fans because the stadium wasn't packed at all," Bennett quickly responded.

Bennett also went into the issues the Bucs have had on the field in recent years.

"Tampa believes in free agency as a way to build their team and not developing players," Bennett said. "Seattle is the opposite. John (Schneider) comes from the Green Bay Packers, which is a team that likes to build within themselves. That's where you win a lot of games. I think that's what the Seahawks do a great job of. I wish Tampa would do that more, and they would have more success."

The Buccaneers finally took a different approach this off-season by limiting themselves in free agency. Until the Bucs string together a few good drafts and develop those players properly, they will continue struggling to get the wins they're looking for.

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